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Muhammad Raufan Yusup
January 13, 2022
Fear is always only in our mind
Originally posted on my Twitter in Indonesian 👉🏻 Link to thread
I've been working in my current company for 8 months, but every time I want to present a design I get worried. But always when I start, it's normal. Often times fear is just in our minds alone.
🧵 To avoid overthinking when you want to do a presentation 👇🏻
TLDR; These are the things I've been trying for months and managed to reduce overthinking when I want to present:
Long before the present, share expectations with the whole team
Maintain expectations by writing the agenda on the calendar invitation
It's okay if it's not perfect
It's okay to say don't know
Discuss one by one below 👇🏻
1. Long before the present, share expectations with the team
This is really important, to what extent do you want to present the work? If the context is what I'm designing, is it present end-to-end or just sharing progress? With this clarification, the team's expectations are also maintained and our burden as presenters will also be reduced
2. Maintain expectations by writing the agenda on the calendar invitation
Often taken for granted, but impactful. There are many benefits to writing the agenda, one of which is maintaining expectations. So the team already knows how far the discussion is going, and it will reduce the possibility of discussing something outside the agenda
3. It's okay if it's not perfect
Often what makes us overthink is, we ourselves are chasing perfection. Even though it's okay to not perfect, then later you will get feedback from the results of the present and another iteration for the work/design. The designer has to get used to iteration, right?
4. It's okay to say don't know
We often don't want to say we don't know because we don't want to be considered stupid. Even though it's okay If you don't know then just say don't know. Precisely by saying we don't know, yes, we will be told and finally, we will know.
I've been doing this for a few months, and my overthinking before the presentation was maintained. Because self-expectations and audience responses are more measurable. So yes it's safe.
End of thread. Thank you for reading.